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Dreams

I have pretty much been in a band of one kind or another since I was twelve years old.That is an absolute fact.

Consequently, I have played with many players over the past 50 years. My dreams at night often center around scenes that involve rehearsals or that moment right before performance on stage. In these dreams, I am with an ever changing cast of characters. All of them from various stages of my past. A drummer from my first band in eighth grade will be on stage with the violinist I play with currently, a bass player I played with for a few months in 1975 and a drummer I played with for four years in the early seventies will all magically be there at one time.

Honestly, these dreams are very recurrent and the cast is ever changing and ultimately include almost every player I have ever known. The situation always seems absolutely natural even though these specific players would never (not in any situation) be able to coexist.

This is an interesting dream and not unpleasant. I imagine there is some Freudian explanation but it is not required information as far as I am concerned.

Thieves and Poets (John Mc Laughlin)

I have always thought that John Mc Laughlin (the guitarist and composer and not the somewhat “right” political commentator) was of legendary status.

I am especially keen on Mc Laughlin’s acoustic guitar work. His early 1980’s albums like Belo Horizonte and Music Spoken Here are great records. But his 2003 record Thieves and Poets contains the three movement title track and it is wonderful in every regard in my opinion. Great composition, masterly playing and a beautiful overall sonic picture.

masterpiece.

Quintessence Release Event

The concert for the release of the new CD Quintessence will be at 7:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 21 for the Jazz at St. Barney’s concert series.

The new CD will be available for only $10.00 at this event only. Admission is $10.00 adults and $5.00 students.

St Barnabas Lutheran Church, 15600 Old Rockford Road, Plymouth, MN

Come out and celebrate Spring.

I will play a short solo guitar set followed by a set with Michael Bissonnette on percussion and Matt Senjem on bass.

Sergio Fiorentino

The stories of unsung heroes in the music world seem endless. I recently ran across one more.

Italian pianist Sergio Fiorentino (1927-1998) was a great classical pianist. His career started strong in the early 1950’s until a plane crash in 1954 disabled him for some time.

By the late 1950’s he began to re-establish himself and made several recordings for some small British labels. But by 1974 he gave up a concert career and turned to teaching. After all, the shameless self-promotion required for a concert and recording career wasn’t much to his liking.

However, after he retired from teaching in 1993 a German record collector and long-time fan of his helped him make a comeback. Slowly his concert and recording career was relaunched to great critical acclaim. Big plans were in the offing.

Sadly, in August of 1998 at the age of 70 Sergio Fiorentino died suddenly at his home in Naples. Thankfully, he made several recordings during this final period and there are several videos (including some interesting interview segments done in 1994) on You Tube. In one of these segments he even plays some very interesting Art Tatum-like jazz when he discusses Fats Waller. There is also a very intriguing 50 minute interview where he discusses Rachmaninoff. Much of his music, including his early recordings can also be sampled at You Tube.

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